MARCO ISLAND — The overhaul of Marco Island City Hall continues with the elimination of the chief of code compliance position on Wednesday.
Eric Wardle’s layoff comes after code enforcement and the police department were combined by interim-City Manager Jim Riviere in May.
Police Chief Thom Carr and Capt. Dave Baer were responsible for cutting their departments. Baer was put in charge of code enforcement to avoid nepotism between the chief and his wife, Lizz Carr, who was a code enforcement officer at the time. She is now an administrative assistant.
Police Lt. Cliff Morine’s and Lt. Mike Peña’s layoffs were announced by Thom Carr on Tuesday.
All city department heads are required to make these cuts, Riviere said. “We’re looking for a lean, mean, flat organization.”
City council and budget advisory committee members did not direct the layoffs, Riviere said. “Other than that they are strong in their encouragement to make the organization as efficient as it can be.”
Other recent cuts made by Riviere include eliminating the community development director position, held then by Steve Olmsted, formerly in charge of code enforcement.
Changes have been dramatic since Riviere, the then-Planning Board chairman, was hired by council following the termination of then-City Manager Steve Thompson in April.
Riviere also removed the position of the public information coordinator held by Lisa Douglass.
Continued police and utility staff cuts, may be desired by the community, said City Councilman Chuck Kiester.
Police officers retired on pensions from other cities may seek voluntary furloughs, he proposed.
Only one employee, administrative assistant Barbara Lawrence took the offer for a voluntary furlough so far, said City Clerk Laura Litzan.
This week’s layoffs save about $250,000 annually, officials reported.
Wardle’s salary and benefits were about $85,000 annually, Litzan reported.
Police Sgt. James Hassig is now in charge of code compliance with one officer, Tony Sans, formerly of parks and recreation.
Council will have its first public crack at the 2011 budget in a meeting scheduled August 2.
“We’re all done for now,” Riviere said of employee cuts. “Then council gets to look at it... And here we go again.”